Writing On Our Calendar: October

October is brimming with literary activity. It's not too late to hear some great stories or conversation this month! October 8: OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition Awards Ceremony The OutStanding Short Story Competition is Australia’s premier literary competition for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community. The entries are in and the winners are about to be announced. The ...

Pamela Hewitt on strengthening your writing

Pamela Hewitt is an IPEd-accredited editor who has been involved in editing and publishing for over 25 years. A qualified teacher and experienced lecturer, Pamela has presented programs for universities, vocational educational colleges, writers' centres, and societies of editors around Australia and internationally. What are a few of the most common flaws in unedited manuscripts? All writers and manuscripts are different but ...

Spotlight On: Sarah Goldman

Sarah Goldman has spent most of her life as a journalist. Initially working for newspapers in Sydney and London, she later transferred to television with the BBC.  Back in Australia, Sarah continued as a producer for both commercial and ABC television news in Sydney and Melbourne. Much of Sarah’s journalistic work has involved international news. Whilst still passionate about news, current ...

Event Recap: First-not-Friday Club with Nick Tapper

This month, the NSW Writers’ Centre hosted the first not-Friday Club, an opportunity for those unavailable to attend the usual talks to attend a Thursday session. Our Membership Officer Sherry Landow spoke to Nick Tapper, Commissioning Editor at Giramondo Publishing. Besides his work at Giramondo, Nick has recently edited and written introductions to the artist monographs Ngarra: The Texta Drawings and ...

Anna Westbrook on sinking seamlessly into another time

Anna Westbrook has presented at conferences and writers' festivals around Australia and internationally. Her debut novel, Dark Fires Shall Burn, is published by Scribe. She is a lecturer in creative writing and literature at New York University Sydney. Dark Fires Shall Burn is your first book. What led you to write historical fiction? I had no plan to write historical fiction but ...

What We’re Reading: September

Each month the NSW Writers’ Centre staff share what we’ve been reading. This month, we've been delving into dystopian futures with Jane Abbott and Larissa Lai, as well as Briohny Doyle's modern guide for millennials Adult Fantasy and Simon Longstaff's book on moral decision making, Everyday Ethics.  Jane McCredie, Executive Director I’ve just read Jane Abbott’s dystopian novel, Watershed, set against a background of ...

Felicity Castagna’s tips to succeed in HSC English Extension 2

Felicity Castagna is a former high school English teacher who now teaches creative writing in universities, community organisations and schools. She is an experienced Extension 1 and 2 teacher and HSC marker. Her book, The Incredible Here and Now, received the Prime Minister's Literature Award (YA). Is success in English Extension 2 just about producing a piece of quality writing? Yes and ...

Book Review: Tell It to the Moon by Siobhan Curham

Four girls. One moon. A friendship that will last a lifetime. Tell It To The Moon is the second book in the Moonlight Dreamers series by Siobhan Curham. It follows the life of four teenage girls—Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose—all dealing with their own life crises of different magnitudes. They call themselves the Moonlight Dreamers. Although I haven’t read the first book, ...

Monica Davidson on managing your writing income

Monica Davidson has been self-employed in the arts since she was a teenager as a writer, journalist and filmmaker. Her work includes training, mentoring and consulting to practitioners, larger arts businesses and government organisations. Monica wrote the Australian version of Freelancing for Dummies. You're a creative with a flair for business. How did your career develop into this unique niche? I started ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Wenona Byrne

For our September First Friday Club, we were lucky enough to be joined by Wenona Byrne, Director of Literature at Australia Council for the Arts. In a conversation led by our Executive Director, Jane McCredie, Wenona shared with us her career journey and insights on the publishing industry. With the deadline for the next round of Australia Council grants fast ...

Timothy Daly on writing as enormous fun

Timothy Daly is one of Australia's most internationally produced playwrights, with a string of national and international productions to his credit. His play The Man in the Attic was awarded Australia's most prestigious award for a new play, the Patrick White Playwrights' Award, and has been performed in Paris.     What first drew you to play writing? I saw the Nimrod (now ...

Spotlight On: Monday Night Children’s Writers Group

Monday Night Children's Writers Group This September, for the first time ever, we are excited to shine our spotlight on not one, not two, but a whole group of inspiring writers: the Monday Night Children’s Writers group (MNCW). With thirteen members, and convened every second Monday evening by Marian McGuinness, these writers focus on writing for young people of all ages ...

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